Guglielmo and Ferrando, two dashing, handsome young soldiers, boast of their fiancées’ devotion and unshakable faithfulness. Their friend Don Alfonso, who’s been around the block, is skeptical. He believes all women have fickle, wandering eyes, and bets his friends that as long as they follow his instructions he can prove it. Thus begins Mozart and Da Ponte’s cunning collaboration Così fan tutte.
Blissfully unaware of this scheme, the two ladies – Fiordiligi and Dorabella – chat about love with Despina. Despina, prodded by Don Alfonso, encourages the ladies to play the field.
Guglielmo and Ferrando inform the ladies that they’re being sent off to war. After their alleged departure, Don Alfonso has them impersonate two love-starved strangers who woo each other’s fiancée with all their might.
Will Fiordiligi and Dorabella remain faithful? Or will they succumb to the strangers’ charms? To what comic lengths will Don Alfonso go to win a bet? Will anyone live happily ever after?
Così fan tutte is a delightful romantic comedy, full of surprises and Mozart’s magical melodies.